Xubuntu is the lighter weight brother of the ever popular Ubuntu family of Linux distributions. At the forefront, XFCE is the desktop environment of choice and it removes all the bells and whistles that we currently see in the star of the show, Ubuntu. It’s not just focused on older systems but those who want a great looking desktop and don’t need the extras.
It’s been a long while since Linux distros have tried to emulate the look and feel of Windows. Most distributions thought it would be the best way to get Windows users who are fed up with the constant virus and malware threats to switch to Linux and it has not been a successful run back in the day with Linspire and Xandros closing up shop a long time ago.
Now enter Zorin OS 6, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS that gives you that Windows feeling with their added touches. Read more
It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years since the official Ubuntu book was released and the next edition will be coming shortly.
Purchase: Official Ubuntu Book, The (7th Edition) (coming soon)
As indicated in the recent Xubuntu 12.04 LTS review, the dock as mentioned seemed to have been missing a little something. Granted that we’re trying to keep a lightweight environment here and adding a bit of pizazz might take up a bit more resources but I feel this might be worthwhile. Read more
Xubuntu 12.04 is the only lighter weight distribution that is getting Long Term Support (LTS) from Canonical. Support for Xubuntu LTS will be for 3 years compared to the life-cycle of 18 months and shorter than the 5 years given to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Xubuntu uses the XFCE 4.8 desktop which is less resource hungry than Unity or KDE and comes in two flavors, 32 bit and 64 bit. It is also an installable Live distribution and is based on Linux kernel 3.2 series. Read more